Archive for December, 2010

…And Yet I Still Want to Go

By Jim McCarthy 0 comments

Spiderman does whatever a spider can.  No one ever said spiders could open a high-production value show on time.  Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark has delayed its official start again. Let me say this right now: I don’t know how this show will be, but however it goes, my hat is off to the producers […]

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    Aspen Live, My Thoughts on the High Altitude Fun

    By Jim McCarthy 2 comments

    Aspen Live isn’t really a conference.  It’s more of a gathering, and although Jim Lewi (the organizer and spiritual heart of the gathering) would love to see more people there, it’s not about growing it big or making money from it, based on what I learned this weekend. I’ll back up a step or two.  […]

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      NFL: Distant Early Warning

      By Jim McCarthy 1 comment

      Back in the Cold War, there was a system set up in northern Canada to give the United States the earliest possible warning of a Soviet nuclear attack.  It was called the Distant Early Warning system. Right now, the NFL is as close to invulnerable as an entertainment property may be.  It was the most […]

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        Is “Bribey” a Word?

        By Jim McCarthy 1 comment

        Because if so, the awarding of the FIFA World Cups in 2018 and 2022 to Russia and Qatar seems about as bribey as anything I can recall. Russia: questionable infrastructure, gangster economy, no track record of successful hosting of non-Soviet-style events. Qatar: wealthy, but tiny; far from all major media and fan centers; sizzling temperatures […]

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          Is Your Show Better Than a Meal at the Restaurant Next Door?

          By Jim McCarthy 2 comments

          I talked the other day about whether or not Live Entertainment is an Industry (and my answer is ‘yes.’)  Today, I’m asking how that industry is doing. For a long time, I’ve been saying that Live Entertainment is fundamentally healthy, and I still believe that.  When I hear people bemoaning the business, I frequently ask […]

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